40 Reasons Why WD-40 Might Be The Most Useful Object In Your HouseBy John P.
We think of WD-40 as a go-to product whenever we have a squeaky door, a screw that doesn’t seem to fit, or when rust needs removing. But did you know that this miracle product can be used as a cleaning tool, a means to eliminate pests, and a way to waterproof your art? Surprising right?
This product deserves a standing ovation for its long list of accomplishments. Read more about them here and find how WD-40 can improve your life.
Goodbye, Hard Water Stains
Water stains in your bathroom are frustrating to clean, especially in the shower area. It takes a lot of patience to scrub it off with just a sponge, soap, and water. Thankfully, WD-40 can help with this chore.
All you have to do is to spray on the affected area, wait a minute or two and brush it with your regular sponge or brush. It’s not as harsh as your bathroom soap, which contains many kinds of harmful chemicals, so you don’t have to worry. Grab a WD-40 and be amazed at the results.
Enhance Your Lures
Can you believe that the can of WD-40 that’s been sitting on your cabinet can be used for fishing? This man showed everyone how WD-40 could help to lure fish on his Youtube channel.
Keep WatchingPolish your fishing lure with the oil so. Doing so makes it shinier and more attractive to the fish. However, do this sparingly, as oil is not very good for the environment. You don’t want to poison yourself!
Rubber shoes are easy to get dirty, and they can be frustrating to clean. With WD-40, it will be easier to get looking smart. Just spray some WD-40 on your shoes, laces, and soles and wipe them off with a soft cloth.
They will be squeaky clean—as if they were brand new. It’s always good to clean your shoes once in a while to avoid getting bad odors. Cleaning your shoes also keeps your feet healthy.
Getting Your Tiles Clean
We all know that cleaning tiles can be backbreaking work, considering the difficulty in scrubbing the lines. The good news is that you can use a WD-40 to clean your greasy tiles.
It may be surprising, but the lubricating properties of WD-40 are good for freeing stuck-on dirt and grime, making it easy and quick to remove. So if you find yourself in that situation, all you have to do is spray some WD-40 onto the grout and wipe it off with a sponge.
Once you’ve bought something, the first thing you should do is peel off the label. This isn’t always easy, as the sticker can leave ugly traces of itself that no amount of scratching can remove. With WD-40, removing stickers is as easy as A-B-C.
Spray some WD-40 onto the sticker. Let the formula sit for a few minutes, then use a clean rug to wipe away the residue. You may want to use the WD-40 Smart Straw for a precise application.
The shovel is a gardener’s best friend. But even between friends, there can be friction. To smooth things along, consider using WD-40. You and your shovel-headed pal will be slicing up earth in no time.
Spray WD-40 onto the blade of your shovel before you start digging. And that’s it. The earth will move under your feet as if by magic, thanks to the lubricant of the oil. Happy gardening!
Rust? No Worries!
Okay, you might have heard about this one. But just in case, did you know that WD-40 is great for clearing up rust? Spray a little onto a rusted object and watch the shine return. Doing this is especially important if you live in coastal areas, where the sea wind can quickly rust up your equipment.
Using WD-40 for rust removal is so quick and straightforward, many swear by it as one of the best rust removals in the world. Just spray it with WD-40 and scrub it with a clean wire brush. However, be sure to have a small test area first, just in case, as some metals can react badly to oil.
Blow Off Barnacles!
If you are a boat owner, you’ll know how annoying it is to have a build-up of barnacles all over your boat. The small mollusks attach themselves to practically anything in the water. These organisms have glue-like structures that help them stick to the bottom of ships.
Simply spray the formula onto the area where the barnacles are. After that, wait for a few minutes for it to set in. Finally, with a knife, scrape the barnacles from the boat. Easy peasy!
Restoring a plastic furniture
WD-40 is safe to use on metals, rubbers, woods, and even plastics. You can use it to put the shine back onto some faded garden favorites.
Clean the plastic furniture of dirt or debris first. Next, spray the WD-40 on the furniture and rub it with a clean, dry cloth. Let it dry thoroughly, and take a look at the results. Finally, your plastic chairs are ready to use in summer!
Waterproof your chalk art
One of the drawbacks of being a chalk artist is that your masterpieces can be washed away by rain or moisture. But don’t worry—with WD-40, your artwork can be preserved for a long time at an affordable price.
Finish off your masterpiece with a WD-40. Spray it on and let it dry. An excellent way to waterproof it, right? You can also share this simple hack with your artist friends!
Scare off the wasps
Wasps can cause all kinds of problems. Besides being aggressive and intrusive, wasps can cause health problems if they sting. Having a wasps nest nearby can be an absolute nightmare. But don’t worry, we have a proactive way to prevent this from happening. Can you guess what it is?
WD-40 can be used to prevent wasps from settling down and starting a nest. The smell repels them, dissuading them from sticking around for too long. Just spray it on where you think wasps might be settling and watch them fly away.
On snowboard wax
Snowboard enthusiasts know how important it is to wax your snowboard. Correctly waxing your equipment guarantees a safer, smoother ride. However, the wax itself can build up over time, creating little pockets of friction on your board which will need to be removed.
Removing a wax buildup can be a difficult job—but not to worry, your old friend WD-40 can help. You can use WD-40 to dissolve old layers of wax, making it easier to apply a fresh coat. Smooth sailing.
Keeping out the bugs
WD-40 can repel wasps and prevent them from nests building nests. In the same way, it can also keep away other types of insects. You might want to do this to prevent insects from getting inside your car grilles and onto your windshields.
Car owners have difficulty maintaining a messy-free windshield and car grilles during summer since there are bugs and insects everywhere. Luckily, you can prevent this from happening by spraying a WD-40 on your grill.
Detangler of fishing wires
Ah, fishing. The open sea. A clear sky. The gentle lull of the waves. Pure peace of mind. Maybe you catch a fish, or perhaps you don’t. It’s a relaxing pastime. That is until you have to draw in your line. Then you’re met with a tangled mess of wire which seems to get more and more messed up the more you try to fix it.
You can use a WD-40 to help to detangle your fishing lines. Just spray the line down and carefully untangle it with a pin. You’ll be straightened out and organized in no time.
Squeaky clean silver
Every family has at least one treasure passed down from generation to generation. Some might be wooden boxes or pictures; others might be silver goblets or golden bangles. Unfortunately, these treasures can become tarnished over the years.
If you have some silver objects in your home that need a little cleaning, you can trust WD-40 to do the trick. You don’t need to buy a specially formulated silver cleaner. Instead, just spray WD-40 onto your silver trinket, wipe it off with a soft cloth, and there you have it: a sparkly new treasure, good as new. Who said cleaning silver objects is expensive?
Gunks on the piano keys
A piano can be a lovely object to have in your home. But keeping your piano clean can take a lot of work and effort. Piano keys tend to build up gunks due to falling specks of dust and other particles. The gunk can become sticky and stubborn to remove.
Just do the usual—spray the formula between the keys and let it work its magic. Then wipe it off with a soft cloth. Remember to keep your piano clean if you still want it to use for a long time.
Lego can be used in an infinite number of ways. The only limit to its use is your imagination. Unfortunately, the blocks themselves don’t last infinitely. They can become more and more difficult to pull apart as the plastic degrades over time.
Those blocks won’t be stubborn anymore with the use of WD-40. Instead of pushing yourself to pull your blocks apart, try spraying them with WD-40 and feel the difference. The new layer of lubrication will make it easy to remove the pieces.
Ice Ice Baby
If you live in a country that experiences snowfall, it can be a struggle to defrost car windows before work or before any kind of leisure drive. It’s good that there’s WD-40 to help you break that ice up easily.
Just spray it on your windows and wipe off any excess liquid with a bit of cloth, and there you have it: an easier way to clear ice. Now you can use that extra time to do something else before you have to show up at the office.
Removing a black mold or mildew
Mildew is a commonly known mold that attaches to most surfaces and can leave damages wherever it grows. Mildew in your refrigerator is disgusting. If it has been left to grow for a long time, it can be more difficult to remove.
The good news is that one product can easily remove mildew. Use a quick spray of WD-40 on the surface where the mold is present, then wait for a few minutes to wipe it away with tissue or cloth. Just make sure that there is no food on your refrigerator before cleaning it.
Removing the dust that accumulated through the years
Air conditioners are one of the greatest inventions of all time. They make it comfortable to be inside during the summer. However, as aircon owners, we tend to forget that it needs cleaning once in a while, especially after accumulating years of dust. These particles can lower the efficiency of the machine.
One of the best ways to maintain your AC unit is using the WD-40. After removing dust on the aircon, apply a little bit of spray so that dust won’t stick to the filter for a while. In this way, you can extend the life of your trusty aircon unit.
Sticky things on the carpet
Have you ever dropped glue or wax on your carpet? We hope not! But if you ever have, you’ll know how difficult it is to remove. You may have tried a lot of other products, but there’s one that can get the job done in seconds.
With just a little WD-40, the glue on your carpet will come off just like water. You can be sure that this won’t ruin the texture of your carpet—just make sure to let it dry.
Annoying cup stains on the table
One of our favorite home styles is “rustic.” While it can be cozy and calming, it can be hard to maintain because cups and mugs can leave stains whenever they’re placed on bare surfaces. This is why coasters exist. But just in case you don’t own coasters, you can count on WD-40 to help solve your stain sorrows.
As usual, spray it on the stain, leave for a few minutes and apply a cloth. You will be surprised at how easy it is. Your wood table will be as good as new.
Prevent slugs from damaging your plants
Slugs are annoying freeloaders who come and munch on your plants without even leaving a tip. While they are part of the natural ecosystem, these creatures are still troublesome, especially when you like to take care of your garden.
Luckily, you can shoo away the slugs and snails without even killing them or resorting to using harsh chemicals for your plants. Just spray the sides of your pot with the can. These creatures hate the smell and will immediately get out of your garden.
Keeping your scissors clean
Scissors are everyday necessities. But they can become difficult to use when gummed up with sticky substances, for example, when cutting tapes and stickers. If you’ve come across sticky scissors once or twice in your life and, you’ll know how irritating it is.
It’s time-consuming to manually remove the sticky particles using oil or water. It’s better to use WD-40 to do the job. Afterward, your scissors will feel squeaky clean.
Phone Screen Cracks
Yes, you read it right; even as simple as phone screen cracks, WD-40 can fix it. But it does depend on the level of damage. If you have a surface crack, it can be mended to look as good as new. If it’s anything deeper, though, you might have to find a phone repair place instead.
All you have to do is to spray WD-40 on the surface cracks and wipe the screen down with a clean cloth. WD-40 will skillfully fill the smaller cracks and smooth out the screen. Your phone would look new again as if you’d bought it just hours before.
Stop the records from skipping
Even today, in the 21st century, vinyl records are still the best way to listen to your favorite tunes. However, old or new, you can encounter a few problems with vinyl records: namely, skipping.
But no worries! This isn’t a problem if you have a can of WD-40. Carefully spray a reasonable amount on the disc to lubricate it. With a clean cloth, wipe it around the whole vinyl. The scratches will fade and will prevent skipping the next time you’re jamming to your favorite tracks.
It’s irritating when your zipper gets stuck on your jacket, clothes, or bags. You can always try to brute force the problem. However, doing this can damage the material around the zip or the zip itself.
Instead of risking it, apply a bit of WD-40 on the zipper and carefully move it back and forth. Before you know it, the zipper will be unstuck in no time.
Wooden-handled tools are a great option for gardeners who want to take care of the skin of their palms while they’re hard at work in the garden. The only problem is that these handles can wear down over time.
Instead of throwing out perfectly good garden tools, you can make them look and feel as good as new. Using WD-40, spray the handles to seal those nasty splinters. You’ll see the smoothness return in minutes.
Cleaning your hairbrush
You’ll find a hairbrush in most women’s bags. It’s just a fact of life. However, after a lot of use, it takes a lot of time to de-hair your hairbrush. It’s a time-consuming task, cleaning the brush using just soap and water.
However, with WD-40, all you have to do is spray it to the hairbrush down, and the hair will detangle without a problem. Thanks, WD-40, that’s one less thing we have to lose our hair over.
Crayon marks from the kids
When you have children at home, you’ll probably find their crayon drawings all over a wall at any given time. These creations might be beautiful in their eyes. However, for us parents, it’s just hard work removing their masterpiece.
We’ve tried using alcohol, wet wipes, and even bleach to remove the drawings. However, these substances don’t work as well as WD-40, which you can spray onto the surface and wipe with a cloth. Voila! Your wall is once again a blank canvas. Save your alcohol for another crisis.
WD-40 is a miracle product. It can fix almost any problem. Besides oiling up locks and machinery, it can also be used to condition your leather furniture. A layer of WD-40 will protect your leather from cracks and spots.
Spray WD-40 in and wipe it carefully off using a cloth. This will give the leather a protective layer and will make it look as good as new. Be sure to wipe the WD-40 off before visitors arrive, though. Try as you might, you won’t be able to use WD-40 to cover your neighbor’s husband’s crack.
Protecting bird feeders from squirrel
Nature lovers live for the chirping of birds in their backyard. That’s why most of them install birdfeeders. However, instead of enticing birds, bird feeders also attract another type of animal: squirrels.
They may be adorable creatures but they’re stealing food reserved for somebody else. Just spray a little bit of WD-40 on the bird feeder cage making the surface slippery. Hopefully, this will shoo away uninvited guests and bring back the birdies.
There are times that even the most expensive lawnmowers experience grass jams. It’s an all-too-common problem, and it can be very time-consuming to fix.
However, there’s an easy way to prevent grass jams: WD-40. Spray some underneath your mower to prevent grass from sticking. Prevention is better than having to shell out to pay for a cure, right?
Well, it’s not the most glamorous of jobs, but it needs to be done. The effort and time you need to put in can be a bit much, but considering the bacteria and viruses that can live in your bowl, it’s always better to be thorough.
There may be a lot of cleaning formulas for toilets, but have you tried WD-40? Just incorporate WD-40 into your toilet cleaning process together with the usual cleaning liquids and water, and you’ll see your bowl sparkle like it never has before.
Having sticky gum on the sole of your shoes is one of the frustrating things to happen. Imagine walking while you feel your shoes sticking to the sidewalk every step of the way. Aside from the frustration, it’s also gross—you’ve just stepped on someone’s chewed gum. Eww!
Removing gum takes a lot of work as well, but don’t worry too much. WD-40 can do all the hard work. Just spray it where the gum is stuck and watch the gum fall off. After that, you’re done. Now you can walk with confidence on your gum-free shoes.
Lipstick is a girl’s best friend. When your lips pop, it puts confidence in your step. However, if, while at a party, your lipstick accidentally found its way on a white shirt, it might create an awkward situation. It’s impossible to remove lipstick stains. Right?
WD-40 contains a mixture of lubricants that can be helpful in loosening the vibrant pigments of lipstick off of any material. Just spray it on the stain and let it dry. Pop it into your washing machine, and afterward, your white shirt will be as white as it ever was.
Have you ever attacked the cake box a little too much, only to realize that you can no longer remove a ring? You aren’t alone. Many of us have experienced this, especially when it comes to wedding rings and engagement rings. Sometimes you just need to take them off to do whatever mucky thing you need to do.
Have you tried everything just to remove them without success? Soap and water, lotion, and even oil—but nothing seems to work. How about WD-40? Yes, even a stuck ring can be slipped off with ease. Just spray it on your ring finger and tug it carefully.
Eventually, showerheads need to be replaced because of all the damage done by all the bacteria and gunk trapped inside. It can take forever to remove the dust and grime in the holes of your showerhead.
Luckily, WD-40 is great for extending your showerhead’s life. Just spray it over the holes and scrub. You can thank us later.
Weeds, such as thistles, are inconvenient pests in the garden. They can be beautiful to see in the wild, but since they multiply at the speed of light as soon as their seeds touch down, they are not healthy for your other plants in the garden.
In case you become annoyed by the sight of them, you can always dispose of thistles by using WD-40. It might not be great for your soil, but it will get the job done fast.
Goodbye tar stains
It may not be as troublesome as the other things on this list, but for many car owners, tar stains at the base of your car it doesn’t look all that good. For a quick fix, just head to your cupboard and get out your trusty WD-40 can.
Without it, you’ll have to spend your time scrubbing off the stains without joy. You’ll get very little off, or worse, you’ll damage your car’s paint job. Just spray WD-40 on the area and wipe it with a gentle cloth. Job done.